Airbus has appointed Catherine Jestin as executive vice president digital and information management.

Taking up the role on July 1st, she will join the executive committee and report to Guillaume Faury, Airbus chief executive.

“This nomination comes at a time of particular importance for the digital transformation of Airbus, as we emerge from the Covid-19 crisis and prepare ourselves for the next phases in the development of our civil and military activities”, said Faury.

“The main focus of this new organisation will be to foster digital innovation across Airbus’ industrial ecosystem and our products and services portfolio, accelerating data analytics, artificial intelligence, automation and services for Airbus’ customers as well as digital security for the company.”

Jestin will work to reinforce the transversal cooperation across Airbus functions company-wide in order to continue the successful deployment of the digital design, manufacturing and services programme, established to enable co-design capabilities and digital continuity system-wide.

She will also leverage and coordinate digital talent pools across the organisation to support the wider transformation of Airbus’ ways of working through state-of-the-art digital tools.

Jestin currently holds the position of chief information officer at Airbus, a role that she has held since March last year.

Florida Polytechnic University President Randy Avent has been selected as a correspondent academician to the Royal European Academy of Doctors, the university announced.

As part of his accomplishment, Avent will travel to Barcelona this fall for an inauguration ceremony, during which he will deliver an inaugural address.

“I am honored to be selected to join this revered group of the world’s most eminent scholars, diplomats, and business leaders,” Avent said in a news release. “I look forward to working together and contributing to the advancement of science, technology, and engineering globally.”

The Royal European Academy of Doctors, founded in 1914, researches and disseminates knowledge in the health, social, human, experimental and technological sciences. Its members include Nobel laureates, former heads of states and tenured academics specializing in economics, law, medicine, philosophy, physical sciences and engineering.

“Since its creation, the Royal European Academy of Doctors has been the home of scientific discovery and innovation, diplomacy, and business leadership excellence, gathering renowned personalities from the Nobel laureate community, senior government officials, academia, and industry to build a continuous legacy for mankind,” Alfredo Rocafort Nicolau, president of the academy, said in a news release.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Randy Avent to our community, and to work together to inspire new generations of scientists to shape the future of our human civilization,” he continued.

Avent was named the inaugural president of FPU in 2014, and holds a list of accomplishments, including election as a fellow in the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, which he received for his leadership in microwave image reconstruction and machine learning in 2014.

He is also the former chief scientist of research for the Department of Defense and led research in diverse technology areas as an associate chief technology officer at MIT’s Lincoln laboratory for 10 years.

“I am excited to connect with the outstanding professionals at the Royal European Academy of Doctors,” Avent said in a news release. “We will work to engage with them and advance Florida Poly’s technological reach and our contributions to global innovation.”

Avent holds a Ph.D. in biomedical mathematics and engineering from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree in zoology and master’s degree in biomedical mathematics and engineering. He also holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University.


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LAKELAND, Fla., May 19, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Dr. Randy K. Avent, president of Florida Polytechnic University, has been selected as a correspondent academician to the Royal European Academy of Doctors. He will travel to Barcelona, Spain, this fall for an inauguration ceremony, during which he will deliver an inaugural address.

“I am honored to be selected to join this revered group of the world’s most eminent scholars, diplomats, and business leaders,” Avent said. “I look forward to working together and contributing to the advancement of science, technology, and engineering globally.”

The Royal European Academy of Doctors was founded in 1914 and its primary goal is to research and disseminate knowledge in the health, social, human, experimental, and technological sciences. Among its ranks of professional standouts from around the globe are Nobel laureates, former heads of states, and tenured academics specializing in economics, law, medicine, philosophy, physical sciences, and engineering.

“Since its creation, the Royal European Academy of Doctors has been the home of scientific discovery and innovation, diplomacy, and business leadership excellence, gathering renowned personalities from the Nobel laureate community, senior government officials, academia, and industry to build a continuous legacy for mankind,” said Dr. Alfredo Rocafort Nicolau, president of the academy.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Randy Avent to our community, and to work together to inspire new generations of scientists to shape the future of our human civilization,” he added.

Avent’s association with the academy began through an executive leadership initiative at Florida Poly, and he was unanimously elected as an academician for his important work, leadership, and accomplishments in engineering research and education.

Among his accomplishments was his election as a fellow in the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his leadership in microwave image reconstruction and machine learning in 2014. He is also the former chief scientist of research for the Department of Defense and led research in diverse technology areas as an associate chief technology officer at MIT’s Lincoln laboratory for 10 years.

In 2014, Avent was named the inaugural president of Florida Poly. While at the helm of the University, Florida Poly has achieved critical accreditations by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and by ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

The University also has earned multiple national rankings, including being selected by U.S. News & World Report as a top 75 engineering college without a doctorate degree. As it continues growing and establishing new degree programs, the University is completing construction of the new 90,000-square-foot Applied Research Center.

“I am excited to connect with the outstanding professionals at the Royal European Academy of Doctors,” Avent said. “We will work to engage with them and advance Florida Poly’s technological reach and our contributions to global innovation.”

Avent holds a Ph.D. in biomedical mathematics and engineering from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He

Dr. Randy K. Avent, president of Florida Polytechnic University, has been selected as a correspondent academician to the prestigious Royal European Academy of Doctors.

“I am excited to connect with the outstanding professionals at the Royal European Academy of Doctors. We will work to engage with them and advance Florida Poly’s technological reach and our contributions to global innovation.”

Dr. Randy K. Avent, president of Florida Polytechnic University, has been selected as a correspondent academician to the Royal European Academy of Doctors. He will travel to Barcelona, Spain, this fall for an inauguration ceremony, during which he will deliver an inaugural address.

“I am honored to be selected to join this revered group of the world’s most eminent scholars, diplomats, and business leaders,” Avent said. “I look forward to working together and contributing to the advancement of science, technology, and engineering globally.”

The Royal European Academy of Doctors was founded in 1914 and its primary goal is to research and disseminate knowledge in the health, social, human, experimental, and technological sciences. Among its ranks of professional standouts from around the globe are Nobel laureates, former heads of states, and tenured academics specializing in economics, law, medicine, philosophy, physical sciences, and engineering.

“Since its creation, the Royal European Academy of Doctors has been the home of scientific discovery and innovation, diplomacy, and business leadership excellence, gathering renowned personalities from the Nobel laureate community, senior government officials, academia, and industry to build a continuous legacy for mankind,” said Dr. Alfredo Rocafort Nicolau, president of the academy.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Randy Avent to our community, and to work together to inspire new generations of scientists to shape the future of our human civilization,” he added.

Avent’s association with the academy began through an executive leadership initiative at Florida Poly, and he was unanimously elected as an academician for his important work, leadership, and accomplishments in engineering research and education.

Among his accomplishments was his election as a fellow in the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his leadership in microwave image reconstruction and machine learning in 2014. He is also the former chief scientist of research for the Department of Defense and led research in diverse technology areas as an associate chief technology officer at MIT’s Lincoln laboratory for 10 years.

In 2014, Avent was named the inaugural president of Florida Poly. While at the helm of the University, Florida Poly has achieved critical accreditations by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and by ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

The University also has earned multiple national rankings, including being selected by U.S. News & World Report as a top 75 engineering college without a doctorate degree. As it continues growing and establishing new degree programs, the University is completing construction of the new 90,000-square-foot Applied Research Center

Travel management platform CWT has appointed Michelle McKinney Frymire to the role of chief executive.

She will take up the position at the start of May.

Incumbent, Kurt Ekert, will be stepping down and will take on the role of senior advisor to the company.

Frymire joined CWT in 2019 and has over 20 years’ travel industry experience.

Her leadership has spanned a broad range of functions with notable leadership roles as the chief financial officer at Starwood Vacation Ownership and Delta Technology (a division of Delta Air Lines).

“I am delighted to welcome Michelle to the role of leading our company into the next phase of our development, building on the successes of recent years, and continuing to push us into achieving our true potential,” said Rick Gage, chair of CWT parent company, CTII Holdings.

“Following a strong and dynamic performance in her most immediate role as president, strategy & transformation and chief financial officer, her leadership skills will be key to our future accomplishments and continued development.

“As a natural development in our succession planning, I am also pleased that Kurt will remain an advisor to CWT, and I thank him for his leadership and impact.”

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced the appointment of Joanna Flint as chief commercial officer.

The newly created role will oversee the development and execution of the commercial strategy of the group while also taking executive responsibility for all aspects of Mandarin Oriental’s customer experience.

Flint will take over the responsibilities of chief marketing officer, Jill Kluge, who retires from Mandarin Oriental in September.

Prior to joining Mandarin Oriental, Joanna spent 12 years at Google in general management and sales leadership roles, most recently as managing director – global partner business, with responsibility for industry go-to-market and commercialisation for Google’s media and technology partners in Asia Pacific.

Prior to Google, she was principal consultant at Ogilvy Asia Pacific.

This followed a decade in the travel industry leading global eCommerce, CRM and customer service transformation programmes for Singapore Airlines and British Airways. 

Commenting on the appointment, James Riley, group chief executive for Mandarin Oriental, said: “We are delighted to welcome Joanna to Mandarin Oriental.

“Her global leadership skills, digital expertise and understanding of customer behaviour will strengthen our ability to innovate and enhance our position as a leader in the luxury market.”

Briet appointed EMEA chief development officer with Marriott

Marriott International has announced the appointment of Jerome Briet as chief development officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

The division within Marriott International encompasses over 75 countries and territories.

He takes on the role from Carlton Ervin, who has been appointed global development officer for Marriott’s international portfolio.

“I am delighted that Jerome has stepped into the role to lead Marriott’s development strategy across EMEA,” said Satya Anand, president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

“With his extensive knowledge of hotel development and acquisitions, and his remarkable track record of growth for Marriott International, I know Jerome will drive great success for the company in the region.”

In this position, Briet will be responsible for driving Marriott’s growth trajectory and market position across EMEA, while supporting the company’s global-wide development vision.

He will work to identify new opportunities for the business, owners and franchisees, and be responsible for shaping the strategic growth plan and leadership of the EMEA development team.

Prior to this role, Briet was chief development officer, Middle East and Africa, and brings a wealth of experience and achievements from the region.

Since joining Marriott in 2012, he has overseen tremendous growth in the Middle East and Africa, including some of the most renowned properties in the UAE such as Bulgari Resort & Residences Dubai, Marriott Hotel & Resort Palm Jumeirah, and the Ritz-Carlton properties in Ras Al Khaimah (Al Wadi Desert and Al Hamra Beach Resort).